Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Third Move for Austin Op 1544 (1929)

First Baptist Church Dedicates Restored Pipe Organ Here’s a story about the new organ in First Baptist, Huntsville, Texas. My feeling is only a few Christian Scientist congregations continue to use and maintain their pipe organs, so this third home for … Continue reading

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Organ Accompanies Film at Eastman

‘Silents’ Get Sound in Eastman’s Organ and Film Festival “The art of organ accompaniment to silent film will be explored in an upcoming four-day event that includes screenings of several iconic movies from the early 20th century with live accompaniment … Continue reading

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Keeping this Historic Organ in the Family (Lutheran)

Our Savior’s Lutheran to Dedicate Historic Pipe Organ Read the story of this organ which has survived for such a long time with maintenance, rebuilding, and moving. It’s in Fairfield, Connecticut, now, and I hope it stays there for another … Continue reading

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A Most Unusual Review for Olivier Latry

Organ never soars for Olivier Latry I am not posting about this unusual review because I approve or agree with it. Lev Bratishenko certainly has a right to his opinion, but in this case, I don’t think many of us … Continue reading

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Unwanted Organ Taken by Unlikely Church

Unwanted Pipe Organ Saved from Scrapheap by Church From The Courier comes this story which creates mixed feelings for me. It’s sad that this church in Dundee, Scotland, doesn’t want its organ, but it’s going to a home that most … Continue reading

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Organ Polychrome by Jan Kraybill Reviewed

Organ Polychrome Reviewed Read John Sunier’s review (Audiophile Audition) of this high-definition audio recording by Jan Kraybill on the Casavant in the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s available in several locations including amazon.com. “A complete list of the … Continue reading

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Are We Going Backwards Here?

New Musical Arrangements on an Old Organ Those who read my blog know that I go out of my way to ‘accentuate the positive,’ so to write. This post caught my attention, in a bad way, and I felt compelled … Continue reading

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St John’s Cathedral, Albuqueque, and their Reuter

The Bible, Art, and a Pipe Organ In addition to the recital, the article stated that the organist, Dr. Jörg Abbing, was delivering a free lecture at the Cathedral, discussing “the different paths of musical composition for the organ as … Continue reading

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Clark Wilson Plays Nosferatu on the Lerner’s Kimball

Lerner Theatre presents “Nosferatu” with Live Pipe Organ Last Saturday, Clark Wilson played another film at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana. The photo above shows Clark accompanying Buster Keaton in “Steamboat Bill Jr” there. For me, “Nosferatu” is scarier … Continue reading

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Miss Page & Cletus in the Embassy (video)

‘Miss Page’ Gets Musical Sendoff before Restoration “Cletus Goens talks about The Embassy Theater’s pipe organ ‘Miss Page’ and plays a few songs before the organ is sent to be restored on October 8, 2014.” Learn more about this great … Continue reading

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